August 28, 2014

On the Rocks

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

Greenland's Inuit survived for generations eating almost nothing but meat in a landscape too harsh for most plants. Today markets offer more variety, but a taste for meat persists.

The 64 residents of the remote east Greenland village of Isortoq, pictured here, still hunt and fish but combine traditional Inuit foods with purchases from the supermarket, the large red building in the foreground. A favorite dish: seal dipped in ketchup and mayonnaise.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “The Evolution of Diet.”

See more of National Geographic’s coverage on the Future of Food »

86 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

A fridge salesman wouldn't get many commissions there.

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

A whole lot of nose-rubbing going on?

Nitin Patil
Nitin Patil

ohhh fishhh that is awesome mann .... above great shot :)

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Awesome composition !!

Pretty little houses in the white snow and the sky giving a great contrast in the background ...

Steven Newcomb
Steven Newcomb

Wow.  I've lived in isolated small towns before, but nothing like this.

Ufuk Kuter
Ufuk Kuter

 Wowwwwww. Great shot. Thanks for Your sharing

Daniel Cegalla
Daniel Cegalla

I'd like to hear seals are hunting and eating humans. Stop killing animals! Go live somewhere else!

Jan K.
Jan K.

Beautiful contrast between the white snow and the sky colour.

Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney

now thats survival and great over head ariel shoot 

Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

Beautiful shoot! This place may be isolated. But when you eat you eat fresh food from nature!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Seal dipped in ketchup and mayonnaise?? Sounds interesting.

Chase Blazon
Chase Blazon

I like the contrast the orange makes against the white snow.

alvaro macias
alvaro macias

this is a very nice view of this little town in greenland a lot of space.

phylene bay
phylene bay

I like how much space and color there is...

Desaree Garcia
Desaree Garcia

I like how the water looks & in the sky it has the orange color to the sky. And how their it just alot of water and ice ;)

phylene bay
phylene bay

I like The colors and I like how much space there is...

alize w.
alize w.

I like how the colors mash together. <3


Orelia Lemelle
Orelia Lemelle

I like how the texture makes it look like you can touch the ice and houses. Also how there's plenty of space in the background.

Adriana Garcia
Adriana Garcia

It has the perfect amount of spacing and the colors are beautiful

Tetwan Dennis
Tetwan Dennis

I really like the way that the ice on the water compares to the ice on the land

Dimitri Flodin
Dimitri Flodin

i really like the reflection of light off the frozen lake

Kelvin Barraza
Kelvin Barraza

Love how the ice water compliments the connecting land considering the land is drenched in ice/snow. The glaciers in the distance also show basically how frozen the area is in this picture.

Justin Sanchez
Justin Sanchez

All of the space in the picture and the colors are amazing.

Kevin To
Kevin To

I really like the colors and how they contrast from each other at the horizon.

Isaac  Fernandez
Isaac Fernandez

the texture of the ice and how the houses are on the cool also the space of the picture

Ryan Murray
Ryan Murray

I like how this picture also sends a message of lifestyle

Brandon Nino
Brandon Nino

there is great texture and space in this photo

Ana Ascencio
Ana Ascencio

I like all the texture and the merging colors 

Saul Garcia
Saul Garcia

the space of this pcture makes it look as if it is going somewherer and also the color of the snow make a contrast to the houses making it jump out at you

Adria Gomez
Adria Gomez

The space is nice and the color is beautiful as well.


javier jserrano
javier jserrano

Nice line work in the sky you captured there, amazing picture too. How did you get to that perfect spot for the perfect picture. 

Katie Roessel
Katie Roessel

The  different colors and line create a beautiful landscape.

Jonathan Galindo
Jonathan Galindo

The rigid surface and the ice floating on top of the water really displays good texture :) The color is also beautiful


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